Historical inaccuracies indeed. Being a graffiti lover I cringed at the Jayden Smith RUMI character, and really wasn’t feeling the first episode. I was afraid of what the rest of the series was going to look like.
But after the first few episodes, I found myself really liking the main characters and the actors’ work portraying them. As the story progressed, I was able to let my historical eye take a back seat and enjoy the performances (Shaolin and Zeke were fantastic).
This series really shows mainstream America the social conditions from where hip-hop was birthed, and how music can lift us up through the hardest times.
Thanks for the detailed article, I can’t wait for your documentary.
(Also the graffiti history in The Get Down was pretty spot on, loved Ezekiel's Ed Koch Speech, hope they include the Smith/Sane Brooklyn Bridge diss if the show gets into the 90s.)